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Games-Doping takes spotlight from teenage champs at Asian Games (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 30, 2014, 2:56 pm]
By Julian Linden INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 30 (Reuters) - The ugly spectre of drugs in sport took centre stage at the Asian Games on Tuesday when two athletes, including a gold medal winner, were kicked out of the region's biggest multi-sports competition for doping offences. Malaysian martial arts gold medallist Tai Cheau Xuen was stripped of her medal in wushu after testing positive for sibutramine, a banned stimulant often found in weight-loss pills. ...

Kwiatkowski wins road race world title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 28, 2014, 4:11 pm]
PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland pulled away from a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships on Sunday.

Cycling-Kwiatkowski wins world title with textbook attack (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 28, 2014, 3:09 pm]
* Pole takes men's elite race gold * Australian rider Gerrans is second (Adds details) PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski timed his attack to perfection to beat the top favourites and claim gold in the men's elite race at the road cycling world championships on Sunday. Kwiatkowski attacked just before the final climb, caught the four breakaway riders in front of him and quickly dropped them, crossing the line with a one-second advantage over a group of chasers. ...

Kwiatkowski of Poland wins road race world title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 28, 2014, 2:46 pm]
PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland pulled away from a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships Sunday.

Cycling-Kwiatkowski takes men's elite race gold medal (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 28, 2014, 2:33 pm]
PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski took the gold medal in the men's elite race of the road cycling world championships on Sunday. Australian Simon Gerrans took silver and Spain's Alejandro Valverde won bronze. (Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Alan Baldwin)

Cycling-Ferrand-Prevot wins gold after bizarre finish (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 27, 2014, 4:58 pm]
(Adds details, quotes) MADRID, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Pauline Ferrand-Prevot became the first French woman in 19 years to win the elite race at the road cycling world championships in Ponferrada when she claimed a cold-blooded victory in a bizarre finish on Saturday. Ferrand-Prevot beat German Lisa Brennauer and Swede Emma Johansson, who were second and third respectively, in a sprint finish in the Spanish city after a breakaway group of four had failed to collaborate following a move that had seemed decisive. No French woman had won the race since Jeannie Longo's fifth and last title in 1995. ...

France's Ferrand Prevot wins road race world title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 27, 2014, 4:20 pm]
PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France won the road race in a photo finish at the road cycling world championships on Saturday.

Bradley Wiggins wins world road time trial, Spain (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 24, 2014, 3:58 pm]
PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- Bradley Wiggins of Britain powered across the finish line 26.23 seconds ahead of his nearest rival to claim his first road cycling world title on Wednesday with a convincing victory in the time-trial event.

Wiggins pips Martin for first world title (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 24, 2014, 2:55 pm]
PONFERRADA Spain (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added a time trial gold to his impressive set of cycling medals when he caused an upset by beating German powerhouse Tony Martin at the world championships on Wednesday. The 2012 Tour de France champion, who also beat Martin to claim the time trial Olympic title in London that year, clocked 56 minutes 25.52 seconds on the 47.1-km rolling course in Spain. Martin, who had won the three previous editions of the event, finished 26. ...

Cycling-Wiggins pips Martin for first world title (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 24, 2014, 2:47 pm]
(Adds details) PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added a time trial gold to his impressive set of cycling medals when he caused an upset by beating German powerhouse Tony Martin at the world championships on Wednesday. The 2012 Tour de France champion, who also beat Martin to claim the time trial Olympic title in London that year, clocked 56 minutes 25.52 seconds on the 47.1-km rolling course in Spain. Martin, who had won the three previous editions of the event, finished 26. ...

CEO to step down of Livestrong group founded by cyclist Armstrong (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 23, 2014, 4:18 pm]
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The CEO of the Livestrong cancer foundation started by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announced his resignation on Tuesday after a tenure in which the organization went from a being global brand to losing millions after Armstrong's doping scandal. Doug Ulman, who helped develop the foundation that aids cancer patients and helped steer it through the scandals brought about by revelations of Armstrong's doping, said he will join Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center. ...

Brennauer of Germany wins world time trial (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 23, 2014, 3:16 pm]
PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- Lisa Brennauer of Germany claimed her second gold medal in three days at the road cycling world championships after winning the individual time trial on Tuesday.

Czechs clear Kreuziger of doping charges (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 22, 2014, 2:06 pm]
The Czech Olympic Committee has ruled that cyclist Roman Kreuziger did not violate doping rules. Kreuziger was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union, but the committee's arbitration board says anomalies in his biological passport did not break any limits and the rider explained them during a hearing on Sept. 11. The UCI believes long-term analysis of Kreuziger's blood values shows he was doping in 2012 and provisionally suspended him while he is under investigation.

BMC beat holders Omega Pharma to claim team time trial gold (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 7:23 pm]
PONFERRADA Spain (Reuters) - BMC Racing beat pre-race favorites and holders Omega Pharma-Quick Step to claim gold in the team time trial at the road cycling world championships on Sunday. BMC, with American Tejay van Garderen, Italians Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss, Slovak Peter Velits, Swiss Silvan Dallier and Australian Johan Dennis, set a best time of one hour three minutes 29.85 seconds on the 57.1-km course to beat Orica Erica by 31.83 seconds. Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPS), led by triple individual time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany, settled for third 35.22 off the pace. ...

Cycling-BMC beat holders Omega Pharma to claim team time trial gold (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 7:12 pm]
(Adds details, quote) PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 21 (Reuters) - BMC Racing beat pre-race favourites and holders Omega Pharma-Quick Step to claim gold in the team time trial at the road cycling world championships on Sunday. BMC, with American Tejay van Garderen, Italians Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss, Slovak Peter Velits, Swiss Silvan Dillier and Australian Rohan Dennis, set a best time of one hour three minutes 29.85 seconds on the 57.1-km course to beat Orica GreenEdge by 31.83 seconds. ...

BMC dethrones Omega Pharma to win world team TT (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:22 pm]
PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- BMC dethroned two-time champion Omega Pharma-Quickstep to win the men's team time trial on the opening day of the road cycling world championships on Sunday.

Cycling-Road-World Championships results (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 9:42 am]
Sept 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from World Championships (Ponferrada - Ponferrada, 36.15 km) on Sunday 1. Specialized Women / Specialized Women) 43:33.35" 2. Orica Women / Orica Women) +1:17.56" 3. Astana - BePink / Astana - BePink) +2:19.64" 4. Optum Women / Optum Women) +2:25.75" 5. Boels / Boels) +2:26.33" 6. UnitedHealthcare Women / UnitedHealthcare Women) +2:43.80" 7. bigla / bigla) +2:55.54" 8. Giant Women / Giant Women) +3:45.05" 9. Hitec Products / Hitec Products) +4:01.38" 10. RusVelo Women / RusVelo Women) +4:07.66" 11. TIBCO / TIBCO) +4:10.25" 12. BTC City / BTC City) +4:19. ...

Games-NKorean lifter breaks record as competition begins (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 2:31 pm]
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 20 (Reuters) - North Korean pocket rocket Om Yun Chol broke his own weightlifting world record at the Asian Games on Saturday, while hosts South Korea matched powerhouse China's gold medal haul with five on the first day of competition. Less than 24 hours after a vibrant opening ceremony marked the launch of the 17th Asiad, Om hoisted more than three times his own bodyweight with a superhuman lift of 170kg in the clean and jerk. Standing just 1. ...

Some things to know about the cycling worlds (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 11:54 am]
MADRID (AP) -- With the grand tours over and done with, it's time to get ready for the road cycling world championships.

Cycling-Voigt sets new hour record (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 9:08 pm]
(adds details, quotes) LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - German rider Jens Voigt has beaten the hour record at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland, covering a distance of 51.115 km in an hour, cycling's governing body the UCI said on Thursday. The Trek Factory Racing rider, 43, is now set to retire after beating the previous record of 49.700 km set by Czech rider Andrej Sosenka in 2005. Voigt's record follows a revision by the UCI of the rules, introduced in 2000, governing equipment used in the celebrated competition. ...





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